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Bovine Tuberculosis (TB)

bovine_tbBovine Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease that primarily affects cattle, but can be transmitted to other animals. APHIS is working cooperatively with producers, states partners and the industry to eradicate this disease from the United States.

In the News

USDA Issues Federal Order Modifying Certain Elements of the Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication Program
( en Español)
Federal Order
Q&A: Bovine Tuberculosis Federal Order

Concept Paper

We are making a concept paper describing a new direction for the bovine tuberculosis program available for public review and comment. This concept paper presents our current thinking about changes we are considering to address several challenges that impede the eradication of bovine tuberculosis.

We will consider all comments that we receive on or before December 4, 2009. To submit comments electronically click here.

Bovine TB: Signs and Symptoms

TB is difficult to diagnose because in the early stages of the disease, clinical signs may not be present. When clinical signs do become apparent in the later stages of the disease.

What Should I Do If I Suspect TB in My Herd?

If you suspect TB in your herd, you should isolate the affected animal immediately and contact your veterinarian for the correct diagnosis. To contact the Area Veterinarian in Charge for your State, please click here.

How Can I Keep My Herd TB-Free?

Biosecurity is the key to keeping your animals healthy and TB-free.

TB Listening Sessions

From December 8-16, 2008, a series of public meetings formatted as listening sessions was held to bring various stakeholders together to discuss challenges and new approaches for TB control methods and eradication in the United States.


Please submit your written comments about the current challenges and new approaches for future TB control and eradication to TB.Comments@aphis.usda.gov.

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